Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Comedy
Synopsis: It has been a year since Aoba Suzukaze started working at the Eagle Jump game company. In that time, she and her eccentric coworkers in the character design department have worked hard to release the company’s newest game: Fairies Story 3. With their latest title now complete, a new project must begin—starting with a contest to decide the character designs for the upcoming game. Through hard work, dedication, and some guidance from the previous character designer, Kou Yagami, Aoba wins the contest and begins her new role as lead character designer.
However, her new job is not an easy one. In addition to having extra work and longer hours, Aoba questions whether she is the right fit for the job. New Game!! continues as Aoba overcomes her inexperience with the help of her friends and coworkers, willing to face any challenge to make Eagle Jump’s newest creation, a cutesy game called Peco.
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 9/10
Progression Rating: 8/10
Animation Rating: 9/10
Conclusion Rating: 10/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.8/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you loved the first season, you’ll really love this one, so yes!
General Comments: Our favorite game developers are back and boy were they missed. The Eagle Jump team returns with their unique personalities and hilarious hijinks, but with even more vigor. However, the comedy wasn’t the only thing they amped up, but the feels as well. Where the first season was more focused on comedy and getting to know the team, this season was focused on actual game making and the conflicts that come with it, therefore making it a more serious season. There was one moment in particular this season involving Aoba and a certain competition she was involved in that made my heart hurt as I could wholeheartedly relate to the struggle and her grief.
It wasn’t all serious however, and we also had several new characters to meet, though I will say perhaps at the cost of development for some of the veterans. There was more drama this season as well, but it was offset with the increase in romantic subplots. That’s not the focus of the show of course, but I can safely say that at least one of the favorite ships sailed and more are highly likely to in the future. Overall, the second season was even better than the first in several ways and I really hope we’ll get a third.
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